Lewis Lapham: Former Harper's editor starts history magazineHistorians in the News
We also run two regularly updated history blogs on our website, www.laphamsquarterly.org. Our "Déjà vu" feature matches current events with similar stories from history. In recent entries, we've compared Nancy Pelosi's speech on the cost of the Iraq war to Dwight D. Eisenhower's speech on the cost of the Cold War (Crosses of Iron), and the Chrysler auto workers strike to the Homestead strike against the Carnegie Steel Company (Union Jacked). The endless flow of information from news outlets often makes it difficult to see the contemporary world from a broader perspective. I think the readers of HNN will appreciate our efforts to provide the public discourse with a historical backdrop.
Our second blog, "Paper Trails," will be of particular interest to your readers. It features a historical personage every week, and includes three or four original documents scanned in from the manuscripts division of the New York Public Library. These documents aren't available anywhere else on the Web, and give a colorful, human voice to individuals of distant eras. Where else can you read Alexander Hamilton's handwritten letter to Mrs. Hamilton about gardening in their Harlem home? We hope that "Paper Trails" will provide history enthusiasts everywhere with access to a treasure trove of rare items from the NYPL archive.